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March 5, 2013

Andover begins interviewing finalists for superintendent

The Andover school board has narrowed its field of superintendent candidates to three and will hold interviews and a public reception for each finalist this week, district officials said.

The Andover school board has narrowed its field of superintendent candidates to three and will hold interviews and a public reception for each finalist this week, district officials said.

The first finalist, announced Tuesday on the district’s website, is Darrel Stufflebeam, superintendent of the Rock Creek school district east of Manhattan.

Keturah Austin, spokeswoman for the district, said Stufflebeam’s interview included a public reception from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 1432 Andover Road. Two other finalists will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday; their interviews will include public receptions as well, at the same time and place.

“This is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to meet each candidate,” Austin said.

Stufflebeam has a bachelor of arts in history and political science from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s in education administration from Fort Hays State University and a doctorate in education from the University of Kansas, he said. He previously taught high school government and history and served as a high school principal.

Voters in Rock Creek, a Class 4A district, approved two bond issues totaling more than $16 million for school improvements in 2006 and 2012.

Andover is searching for a replacement for Superintendent Mark Evans, who was named superintendent of Omaha public schools in December. Names of the other two finalists will be released Wednesday and Thursday on the district’s website, as well as on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

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